Carolyn LaFleur is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) working with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Minnesota. Her experience includes environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, geotechnics, resource recovery and waste facilities, pollution prevention and water resources projects. Prior to receiving her degrees she worked in offshore oil and gas exploration and production, land surveying and heavy industry.
Carolyn attended McNeese State University in her home town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Engineering in 1989. Graduate studies emphasized geotechnical and environmental topics, focusing on permeability theory and development of a new device for in-situ hydraulic conductivity testing. She has worked extensively with groundwater protection, waste facilities and environmental permitting.
As a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she served as Texas Section Technical Chair for Forensic Engineering. She has also worked with committees of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of ASCE, and currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Council and Vice-Chair of the Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Committee.